Every time we've gone to Chicago recently it has been absolutely gorgeous weather. We started out at the planetarium where we bought a membership last time we came, because that was cheaper than paying full admission for all of us. So it paid off this time by not having to pay anything to see a couple of the shows. One of them was on the search for exo-planets, which is fascinating to me. I made a prediction that is now witnessed by all (or both) of you: in my children's lifetimes, we'll discover life on other planets. I'd be happy to debate the theological implications. The other show was a 3D thing about all the space junk orbiting the planet. I suspect that someone is going to make a lot of money in another generation by figuring out how to clean it up.
Then the boys and I walked to the Sears/Willis Tower, hoping to go up and try out the plexiglass walk out. But being Easter weekend, there was a three hour wait. So we hopped in a cab and got to the Hancock Tower really fast, compliments of our Moroccan cab driver. Once there, however, we opted for a Jamba Juice snack and some window shopping in Watertower. Then what has become a Stumpmen tradition, we wandered around Gold Coast Lambourghini taking pictures of the cars while the salespeople completely ignored our very existence. Just down the street is a Giordano's pizza where mom met us for supper.
The next morning was Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier. Although politically incorrect and offensive at several levels, we had a very good time at it. While on the pier, we made a mental note of a return trip in the summer for the Imax showing of The Dark Knight Rises (sans the wife/mom). After seeing the play, we were feeling bold enough to plan such a male-only trip. My wife, who--though spirited--is about as far from a shrew as you can get, was good enough to drive to and from Chi-town so I could spend the journey grading freshman critical thinking papers about evolution.